Level 22 (12,000/24,000/4,000)
Total SugarRush Challenge Entries: 634
Players Remaining: 18
Chip Average: 981,000
Kevin Grabel has been near the chip lead for most of Day 2 and is now the official chip leader with only 18 players left in the SugarRush Challenge. Grabel sent Jason Yoder to the rail and Greg Fishberg eliminated Aaron Mermelstein a short while later to narrow the field down.
Grabel opened from the cutoff and got a call from Yoder on the button and Ben Kritzer in the big blind. The flop came out 7♠6♣4♣ and action checked to Yoder, who bet 130,000. Kritzer got out of the way and Grabel check-raised Yoder all-in for his last 450,000. Yoder thought for a few moments and called to put himself at risk. He was ahead with 8♣7♦ and Grabel would need to hit as he held A♣Q♦.
The turn was exactly what Grabel was looking for as the A♥ hit the turn. The river was another ace and Yoder headed to the rail.
At and adjacent table, it was Mermelstein’s turn to head out. On a A♦Q♣7♣8♦ board, Mermelstein bet 160,000 and Fishberg raised Mermelstein all-in. Mermelstein said he jack-high and thought Fishberg might have 8-7. After a little bit of back and forth, Mermelstein called for his last 400,000 with J♦10♣ and would need to hit against Fishberg’s 8♥7♦. The river was a brick and Mermelstein will bow out in 19th place.
With 18 players left, the field will redraw again for seats which will be posted shortly.